Absolute Jeanius

YARN … FIBER … ART

4H April 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — jeanius80 @ 12:34 pm

image

image

image

Through my husbands carpool friend, I’ve been offered the opportunity to get some fleece from a local 4-H. My husband brougt this up by saying i’d be getting some lambs fleece and could possibly get enough to also sell. Now, I’m not one to turn down free gifts, specially wool. What he failed to find out was that because these are 4-H sheep, the sheering can be sloppy (lots of 2nd cuts), the sheep are definintly muddy, and what breed they are.
The 4-H teacher (coach?) has offered me 2 bags full, so far, and my Mr. is going to be bringing them home any day now. I did get to meet the sheep and lambs and they were adorable. Definintly raised for meat and not fleece. The were pretty dirty, and afew had some pretty creative hair cuts! One lamb was particularly friendly, butting us for head rubs and trying to teeth on coat buttons and finger. I also learned that they are Hampshire breed (a down sheep, fleece being on average 54-58 counts and 30-26 microns) and got to handle a little bit of fleece.
If I am able to get a bunch, I’m planning on washing it well and then offering it for sale with 50% of the proceeds to be donated back to the 4-H.

Here is that friendly lamb:

Advertisements
 

Easter…(2010) March 10, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — jeanius80 @ 1:20 pm
Tags: ,

I hope, if you celebrated the past holiday, that you enjoyed yourself! We went to an Easter Egg hunt event put on by a local radio station, 100.7 Wolf. The Mr. heard of it on the radio, and decided he wanted to check it out instead of our regular egg hunt at our community church, Sound Life.

We arrived early to the park, in order to have lunch and let M run around and have a bit of fun. After eating our lunch, we took a walk and M saw a gazebo. She was excited that she could get in it, and pretended it was her house. We then walked over to the egg hunt area, and I began knitting on a scarf, while M and the Mr. played tag, and she also picked some little daisies for me.

The crowd just continued to grow larger and larger as we waited. The station started to play music for the crowd, as well as hand out stickers, rub on tattoos, and a few other mementos. The egg hunt was to start at 1 pm, and the radio station announced that the host of the even, Fitz, was yet to arrive, so it would be slightly delayed (about 10 minutes). I asked Mr. if he wanted to stay, and he said yes, since M was excited to hunt for eggs.

When Fitz arrived, he went of the rules again ,and announced the prize giveaways (a bunch of different coupons for local businesses and Wii’s). Because of the Wii giveaway, the crowd was very large. Mr. assured me it would be cool, since the radio had been announcing prior that they would have thousands of eggs. He was (of course) still hoping to win a Wii, and M was just excited to find eggs, regardless of what was actual in them, though candy would be a big hit []

To our dismay, and the entire crowds, they station had only prepared about 5 half filled garbage bags of eggs, not nearly enough for the crowd of thousands who had shown up. I’d venture to guess they didn’t even had a 1000 eggs total. Because of the way this was set up, it was pretty doomed to be a big disappointment to the kids. With all the adults and teens, there was no way the younger kids would even get a chance to see the eggs, let alone pick one up. Mr. held on to M, and I decided to step out of the crowd. M was a little sad (she is a big trouper though, and didn’t cry, but did say she wanted to hunt for eggs). Mr said he saw people grabbing bunches of eggs, and a few smaller kids getting knocked over. Pretty sad what people will do just to win a damn gaming system.

Over all, it was a disappointment, because of peoples behavior. We saw posted comments afterward, of people complaining about the free prizes they got, as well as some generous people who gave away their eggs to cheer up other children. We left as soon as Mr. and M exited the egg hunt crowd, so we were not present for the aftermath. It seems a lot of kids got separated from the parents in the crowd, and as Fitz was trying to help, greedy people were more interested in getting their prizes, than helping families.

I really hope the station learned to be more prepared, and perhaps they also will wake up and realize that they have a LOT of listeners, and the events they put on will always draw a large crowd. I think they figured since it was not a big park, or a city location, that the crowd would stay small and be easy to control. Not so.

To make up for all of this, my sister and nieces came over Sunday, and we had a little egg hunt in the yard. The girls were excited to hunt for eggs they had dyed, and even picked real grass as the egg nests. It was better than Saturday, and and best because it was family.

 

A bit of Catching up! December 11, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jeanius80 @ 11:49 pm

A lot to catch up on! Here is a (picture heavy) post from October .. I am so late on posting!!

pumpkin patch spider

giant spiders!

Jason and Makenna spent some time finding just the right pumpkins for carving. We ended up with 5 pumpkins (two for Papa, and one for each of us).

picking out the perfect pumpkin

Me and Makenna

They had a lot of really cool things to see and do at Spooner Farms. I think we’ll definitely be returning next year! Not only did they have those cool hay bale spiders, they had a large musical pipe instrument set up for you to bang on and make ‘music’. It was a big hit with the elementary aged kids there. They had the pumpkin house for photos as well as a giant paper mache’ pumpkin and a few other things to see and do (corn mazes and other activities- we didn’t check them out oo much, Makenna was getting tired). They also had a really nice store, with candles, seasonal decorations, and yummy food stuffs. There was popcorn, doughnuts, caramel apples, roasted corn on the cob and other delicious smelling foods to tempt you. It was almost overwhelming!

Here are our pumpkins we carved, we sort of cheated and used one of those carving templates. Otherwise, they would have just been simple ‘scary’ faces.

not so spooky jack o'lanterns

Makenna dressed up as a princess ballerina. Because of how cold it gets here, she is wearing sweats under her costume, and we decided to trick-or-treat in down town Puyallup, instead of after dark in a near by neighborhood.

Makenna, princess ballerina

And Makenna with her cousins. They joined us for trick-or-treating. The girls really had a lot of fun.

Kristina, the witch, Elizabeth, a fairy (Rosetta, I believe), and Makenna, princess ballerina

Jason and I went out with friends that night, to dinner and to see ‘Paranormal Activity’. We decided to dress up in ‘costumes” Jason was a priestly vampire, and I was his victim…

the vampire and his victim...

Sorry for the crap load of photos. I just never seemed to have the mojo to post these last couple of months! Nothing too exciting happened in November.. but we did recently re-do our bathroom! I’ll be sharing that soon, as well. (It will be a lot of photos as well.. though probably not as many as this post!)

 

Just a quickie October 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jeanius80 @ 5:38 pm
Tags:

Life has been… stressful.

The auction date for the house has been moved to October 13, which is better than the 9th.

The garden has given up the goods (a few ears of corn, and some tomatoes and carrots). We cut the sunflower top off to let it dry so we can harvest those seeds too. Maybe we’ll have a whole bunch of sunflowers to cheer up the yard, instead of just one 🙂

I am temporarily closing the etsy shop. I will probably be re-listing the fibers I have for sale directly through the blog. I will just need to figure out how to work with paypal to accept payments through here. Need to take new photos too. Perhaps I should make a light box…

Any local knitters are welcome to join me on Friday at 7pm, at the Northern Pacific Coffee Company, located on Garfield Street, just by the Pacific Lutheran University. They have food, and coffee, as well as beer. Nice atmosphere too. So come, join us!

 

Vegas, Baby! July 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jeanius80 @ 11:45 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

(pictures will be added later)

We are back from our trip to Las Vegas. We stayed at Treasure Island, which was a very nice hotel. Our room was on the 29th floor, with a view of the strip. We were able to watch the Sirens of TI show from our room, and see the fireworks explode at almost eye level, it was a very cool experience!

I kept trying to scheme on how to sneak home the huge, soft, perfect pillows home and the amazing top comforter as well. I have never slept so well! Jason loved the way the complimentary soaps/lotion/shampoo/conditioner smelled, so much so, that he joked with the housekeeping to leave extra. When we came back that evening, she did. He is now the proud owner of about 7 bottles of each, and 14 bars (2 kinds) of travel size soaps. Guess what we will be using next time we travel? It is great stuff!

We (sadly) didn’t get to watch the TI show at street level (or tour the ship- for TI guests only) as we always seemed to just miss a show, or had other plans during show times, but did make the effort to view the Mirage Volcano show. That was fun and really HOT! We also checked out the casinos/decor at Caesars Palace, Excalibur, Luxxor, Harrahs, NY NY, and admired the exterior of Paris, Palazzo, and .

The pool was not too impressive, compared to the other hotel pools we saw, but nice enough. It was CRAZY busy on the 4th, and our friends kids did a dance off at the pool.

Fremont Street was definantly worth the trip too, as the light show was amazing (Queen! and 3 live bands) and it was fun walking and listening to live music, getting a few drinks, and people watching. It was neat to actually be out front of some of the famous casinos seen in movies (Gold Nugget, ect..)

We missed out on the only fireworks show on-strip. It was put on by Caesars Palace. We were mislead by the front desk that only off-strip casinos were doing fireworks, but as we were walking the show started and we got to watch them from a distance (we were standing on the sidewalk, by the Sigfrid and Roy commemorative heads/statue thing) It was impressive from that distance, I cannot imagine how loud and awesome it would have been had we been out front of Caesars Palace during the show.

Overall, though, for other reasons, the trip was ok. I think Vegas just isn’t for me. I am not a gambler and the group we were with kept foisting the kids all off onto us. It made us feel like the fifth wheel on a double date, and none too excited to hang out with the others. we avoided them after we got left with the other kids and no way to contact the other adults, and the 3 kids ended up needing to sleep in our room for the night. Gee thanks! I think I will be avoiding group vacations from now on :/ I had been really looking forward to this trip since last fall. It was a bit of a disappointment because of the behavior of the people we went with. I might give Vegas another chance.. I’d still like to stay at Caesars Palace or Paris 🙂 Those casinos are pretty!

 

Sticks, and stones, and Sticks.. June 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jeanius80 @ 7:56 pm
Tags: , , , ,

So over the last couple years, my mom, in an attempt to keep the dogs from invading the neighbors yarn by slipping under the old wooden fence, has been trying to block the back corner by putting tree limbs and sticks there. The result has not been pretty or 100% effective. The dogs can’t get into Ms. Mays yard, but the pressure of them climbing on the limbs and jumping on them has caused the french to lean, so now that need repair.

yard clearing 002

Along with the glorious pile of sticks and limbs, my dad cut down the weeping crabapple tree on the side, and this also resulted in a huge pile of sticks, limbs and dead leaves.

yard clearing 004

Today, my mom and I decided it was time to clean up. Using brute strength (we are not wimpy, delicate housewives ;)) and a wheel barrow for the small twigs and broken bits, we first cleared the back corner.

yard clearing 005

Next we cleared up the aftermath of the tree removal.

yard clearing 006

I’d like to now say we have a completely tidy yard…however, all those limbs? And the ones that my dad and Jason removed from the cherry and pear tree, are all in a big ass pile at the back side of the yard. Better than all spread around. We are hoping to be able to borrow a wood chipper to make an easy time of clearing the limbs, barring that option, we’ll probably have to pony up the monies to rent a chipper. Anyone in need of wood chips?

 

A REAL Garden! May 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jeanius80 @ 8:29 pm
Tags: , , , ,

Planting Corn 001 Spent some time in our backyard garden! Don’t I look great in my sloppy tank and messed up hair?

Jason found a whole lot of worms when we turned the compost! We decided to relocate a few.. some into the vegetable garden, and a few into the front, where Makenna planted her pumpkin.

Compost Worms

These are the corn seedlings I started! Almost 25 starts. We are so excited to actually have a real, family sized garden.Corn Starts
We also have some carrot seeds in a little Jiffy hot house like pan (No clue what it is actually called!), along with some sunflowers and pumpkins for our nieces. So far, only one sunflower sprouted, and it got moved into a little pot. I let it get a bit stronger before I moved it to the garden. Fingers crossed that the carrots sprout! We all love carrots too.

A Real Garden!

See the center post, about halfway on the long side? I ripped out the grass to the left to enlarge the garden, before planting the corn. It was a lot of work, but also easier than I had imagined it to be. I think it helped that the soil appears to have previously been amended to be a nice garden. Not too rocky (which, for this area, was a shock!), and deep enough for the carrots! We’ll also be adding white and red radishes, after the carrots sprout.

garden, cherry tree, and compost bin
This would be the view from the back door. You can see our garden, and the cherry tree that Jason and Papa have decided needs to be hacked away, and our big old compost ‘bin’. We have used old wood pallets for the sides (two long, one wide) and left one short side open. It’s great compost! Un/fortunatly, we had to add a bunch of bagged up leaves, right before we got the garden started, so I wasn’t able to use any compost yet. Next year 😉